6 Essential Travel Apps You Need for Your Trip
Taking a trip is a great opportunity to disconnect from our devices and reconnect with the world around us. But some mobile apps not only make travel easier, they can also enrich our trip experience.
Here are 6 of the best free travel apps to download before leaving for your trip.
1. Google Maps
This is the app to have for your trip, and you may already have it on your phone.
This is your navigator, points of interest bookmarker, and restaurant reviewer, all in one. Individual listings (places) have tons of helpful information—address, hours, website, photos, reviews, and popular times. If you get separated from your friends, you can also share your current location from the app.
You can (and should) download destination maps for offline use in case you are out of the country or lose your signal.
Tip: Many cities offer their own navigation apps. For example, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority app lets you buy streetcar passes directly from the app. Be sure to download the city-specific app in addition to Google Maps.
2. Microsoft OneNote
You should definitely have a printed copy of your Travel Better Guide Planner, but you may also want to access the information on your phone.
The app syncs with OneDrive and saves a copy of your Planner locally on your phone. You can now view and edit your Planner offline. Any changes you make will sync with your OneDrive copy the next time your phone connects to the internet.
If you saved your Planner to your PC rather than OneDrive, follow Move a OneNote Notebook to OneDrive to be able to access your Planner on your phone.
3. Rideshare App
Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft have drivers worldwide. You may be traveling in your own car or planning to primarily take public transportation, but it’s a good idea to have one of these on your phone. If you find yourself somewhere without transportation, you’ll want an easy way to call for a ride.
4. Google Translate
Traveling to a destination where you aren’t fluent in the language? You’ll need Google Translate.
You can download languages for offline use, build your own phrasebook, translate spoken conversations, and use your phone’s camera to instantly translate signs, menus, and other text with some pretty impressive augmented reality.
If you’re traveling with friends, Splitwise is the easiest app for tracking shared trip expenses before and during your trip.
Just enter the expense, who paid, and how the bill should be split, and Splitwise will keep track of who owes what to whom. The app supports multiple currencies, so if you pay in British Pounds one week and Euros the next, Splitwise has you covered.
6. izi.TRAVEL: Audio Travel Guide
Ever wish you had a personal tour guide to tell you all about the fabulous architecture, museums, and history? izi.Travel provides free audio guides from museums, galleries, and travelers for over 1800 cities in the world.
Many walking tours are GPS-enabled, providing directions to the next point of interest and starting audio once you’re there. You can also download the tours for offline use.
What’s your favorite app to use when traveling? Leave a comment below!